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Shuga Records' in-the-works Wicker Park location

North Lawndale-based record store Shuga Records are slated to open a Wicker Park location this fall at 1272 N. Milwaukee Ave. (near the intersection of Milwaukee & Ashland). The shop currently sees many of its online sales from the Wicker Park area, and they've been trying to move to the neighborhood for a few years now. Their Wicker Park location plans to open in October by appointment only, and should be open to the general public by the holidays. Keep an eye out.

Just after Shuga makes its soft opening, Wicker Park record institution Reckless Records plans to move into their new space at 1379 N. Milwaukee Ave. (0.2 miles apart) in November.

photos by Jeff Ryan & Jim Vondruska

Diarrhea Planet / Oshwa / Girl Group Chicago

Wicker Park Fest 2014 finished off on Sunday (7/27) with sets from Jeff the Brotherhood, Diarrhea Planet, Young Widows, Oshwa, Maritime, Girl Group Chicago, and many more. Pictures from Saturday (7/26) of the street fest can be found HERE, and pictures from Sunday are in this post. More below...

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photos by Jeff Ryan & Jim Vondruska

Owls / Hop Along / Foxing

Wicker Park Fest 2014 took place this past weekend on Milwaukee Avenue (between North Ave. and Paulina). Saturday (7/26) of the street festival featured performances by Owls, Pet Symmetry, The Felix Culpa, Dr. Manhattan, Hop Along, Foxing, Space Blood, and many more across three stages. Pictures from day 1 of Wicker Park Fest are in this post. More below...

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Sad news: Brooklyn hardcore band Go Deep had its tour van stolen near Wicker Park on Wednesday (5/21) with loads of gear and personal items inside. They were in town for a show at the Live Wire Lounge on May 20, and the van was taken in broad daylight.

Stolen items include hard drives containing their new album (which was just recorded while on tour), passports, laptops, guitars, amps, etc. The outfit have detailed these stolen items, and you'll find the complete list and contact info. at the bottom of this post...

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Lydia Loveless @ Schubas in April (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)

Wicker Park Fest 2014 is slated to take place on July 26 & 27 on Milwaukee Ave. (between North Ave. and Paulina). The two-day street fest's fantastic lineup features Lydia Loveless, Laura Stevenson, Hop Along, Foxing, Owls, Space Blood, RJD2, Bonzie, Nick Waterhouse, JEFF the Brotherhood, Diarrhea Planet, Woods, Future Monarchs, Oshwa, El Ten Eleven, Young Widows, Maritime, Honeyblood, Miner, and many more. It'll go from noon-10PM each day and admission is a suggested donation of $5. You can check out the complete lineup and set times at the bottom of this post.

There are also a handful of WPF-related club shows happening at Subterranean and Beat Kitchen that weekend. Sub-t have an early show with Miner on July 25 (tickets), a late show with RJD2 on July 25 (tickets), and El Ten Eleven on July 26 with Kodak To Graph and Honeyblood (tickets). Beat Kitchen's got Foxing on July 25 with Pet Symmetry and Old Gray (tickets), and Diarrhea Planet on July 26 (tickets).

The full WPF 2014 lineup can be found below...

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Wicker Park's Green Music Festival is slated to take place from June 21-22 this year on Damen Ave b/w North & Schiller. The eco-friendly fest's initial lineup features Guided By Voices, Cheap Girls, Meat Wave, Geronimo!, The Features, The Soil & The Sun, Viet Cong, Chicago Farmer, and Charlie Parr. More performers will be announced soon and the lineup will be split among the two days. The festival will also have a bike-powered stage, with eight-stationary bikes. Admission is a suggested donation of $5 per day.

Stay tuned for more information.

Reckless Records' Wicker Park shop (more by Milos Markicevic)

According to DNA Info, Reckless Records CEO Charles Taylor purchased a two-story building at 1379 North Milwaukee Avenue for $1,580,000 on December 30, 2013. The new spot, which is just two-blocks from their current location of 1532 North Milwaukee Avenue, will boast 15,000 square feet of retail space including the basement. Reckless general manager Bryan Smith reports that there is at least one-year remaining on their existing lease, so don't expect the move to be immediate. A multi-level Reckless Wicker Park sounds pretty great, no?


Louisiana indie-pop outfit Brass Bed had a laundry list of gear stolen out of their van after a show at Subterranean on Tuesday night with Broncho and Sunken Ships. The van was parked at the intersection of North Leavitt Street and West Le Moyne Street in Wicker Park.

Here's the full list of stolen gear:

1998 Fender 52 Reissue Telecaster w/Bareknuckle pickup
2003 Rickenbacker 4003 Bass
2012 Epiphone Casino
2002 Gibson ES 135

Jonny Pedals
Voodoo Lab Pedal Power
Boss TU 3
Keeley Ibanez AD9
Keeley Tubescreamer
Keeley Blues Driver
Z.Vex Fuzz Probe
Ibanez DE-7
Morley AB Switch
TC Helicon Voice Tone Echo

Ben Pedals
One Spot Power Supply
Reverend Power Drivetrain II
Caroline Olympia Fuzz
Electro Harmonix Holy Grail Nano
Boss DD7
Boss DD3
Boss TU 3

Christiaan Pedals
One Spot Power Supply x 2
Morley AB Switch
Fender Amp Footswitch
Z.Vex Box of Rock
Goudie FX Delay
Ashbass Fuzzbrite
Korg Pitchblack Tuner
Custom Hot Cake Overdrive
Electro Harmonix Holy Grail Nano
TC Helicon Voice Tone Echo

20' 1/4" Instrument Cables x 9
6" 1/4" Patch Cables x 6

Drop them a line if you see any of their gear floating around. Bummer.

photos by Kirstie Shanley

Wicker Park Fest - 7/27/2013
Wicker Park Fest - 7/27/2013

From their humble start nine years ago, Wicker Park Fest has grown to not only boast three stages, but also draw one of the most intriguing crowds. Festivalgoers, some of whom where dressed to the nines, packed the streets and a lucky few even utilized rooftops for an improved vantage point. You've already seen pictures from Day 1 (Part I & Part II) and some from Day 2, and here are the rest. They continue after the jump...

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photos by Kirstie Shanley & Lindsey Best

Roky Erickson / Reigning Sound at Wicker Park Fest 2013
Wicker Park Fest - 7/27/2013
Wicker Park Fest - 7/27/2013

Wicker Park Fest 2013 continued on Sunday (7/28) with performances by Ted Leo and the Pharmacists, Roky Erickson, Reigning Sound, Mucca Pazza, Treasure Fleet, Meat Wave, Secret Colours, and many more acts. You've already seen pictures from Day 1 (Part I & Part II) and here's Part I of our Day 2 coverage. More below...

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photos by Kirstie Shanley

Wicker Park Fest - 7/27/2013
Wicker Park Fest - 7/27/2013

Unseasonably chilly weather and beefed-up security led to a calm Wicker Park Fest, though gate donations appeared to be down.

"The problem is people don't pay [the suggested donation]. This fest probably has the lowest percentage of any fest in the city for paying," said Tom Murphy of Big Creek Productions, one of three of companies which books music talent for the annual fest.

"For whatever reason, the people here [in Wicker Park] have just decided they are antidisestablishmentarians," he said. "They don't like the man." [DNAinfo Chicago]

Whether they paid or not, Wicker Park Fest brings out a diverse crowd. Attendance was thin in the early afternoon on both days (gates opened at noon and music started at 2PM), but the "antidisestablishmentarians" packed the street fest grounds by the time 6PM rolled around. You've already seen part one of our WPF day one pictures and here's part two, the people...

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photos by Kirstie Shanley & Lindsey Best

Cults / Tera Melos at Wicker Park Fest on 7.27.2013
Wicker Park Fest - 7/27/2013
Wicker Park Fest - 7/27/2013

Wicker Park Fest 2013 kicked off on Saturday afternoon (7/27) with sets from Cults, Man Man, Meat Puppets, Tera Melos, Delicate Steve, Santah, Minor Characters, and even more on Milwaukee Avenue. We were at the street festival all weekend long, and part one of our day one pictures are in this post. They continue below...

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Green Music Fest 2013 is set to take place on Damen Avenue (between North Avenue & Schiller Street) on June 22 & 23. This year's lineup features Snowden, Joe Pug, Yawn, Manchester Orchestra, Into It. Over It., and many more throughout the weekend. The festival will go from noon-10PM on both days, and admission is a suggested donation of $5 (per day).

Check out the full lineup below...

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Wicker Park Fest 2013 is set to take place on July 27 & 28 on Milwaukee Avenue (between North Ave. and Paulina St.). The festival's initial lineup features headliners Ted Leo and The Pharmacists and Cults, as well as Man Man, Roky Erikson, and Bahamas. As discussed, there are a bunch of great out-of-town acts playing smaller than normal venues that weekend, and many more acts are TBA in the coming weeks. Admission is a suggested donation of $5 per day.

Stay tuned for more information. The current lineup-by-day // stage can be found below...

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Twin Shadow @ Lincoln Hall in 2011 (more by James Chadwick)

As discussed, Twin Shadow play a MINI // RCRD LBL-sponsored show in a "not normal" venue in Chicago tonight. That venue is Lubinski Furniture in Wicker Park (1550 N. Milwaukee Ave.), and the show will begin at 6:30PM. According to the event's Facebook page, only the first 100-fans in line will get in. If you're set on going, get there early.

Happy Monday.

The Boring Store in Wicker Park

Forbes, known for lists like "the 400 richest Americans", has released a list of "America's Hippest Hipster Neighborhoods". Wicker Park got #4 (almost as hip as Williamsburg, Brooklyn which played #3), but Logan Square oddly isn't in there. Maybe their research is every so slightly outdated. Forbes says:

The Midwest Mecca of hipsterdom started attracting artists and young adults in the late 1980s. Nestled around a park, this artists' community is known for its galleries, music venues, boutiques and food options. It's also home to a smattering of Victorian mansions built by wealthy 19th century merchants and beer brewers.
Check out the full list of 10 neighborhoods, which also includes East Austin, at BrooklynVegan.

Teri Gender Bender of Le Butcherettes w/ Wayne Coyne (via)

As mentioned, Do Division Street Festival is set to take place from June 1-3 in Wicker Park. The first bands to be announced for the fest are Le Butcherettes, O'Death, and Murder by Death. Le Butcherettes also play Subterranean on June 1.

That's it for now. Stay tuned for more lineup additions.

Wicker Park's annual Do Division Street Festival is set to take place June 1-3 on Division Street, between Damen and Leavitt. As in past years, there will be a huge sidewalk sale, tons of food, and great bands.

The 2011 festival featured Big Freedia, A Place To Bury Strangers, Omar Souleyman, Thao & Mirah, and more. Stay tuned for this year's lineup.

Admission is open, with a suggested donation policy.

J Mascis @ BV-SXSW 2011 (more by Chris Gersbeck)
The Raveonettes @ Beekman Beer Garden in July (NYC) (more by Amanda Hatfield)

Green Music Fest is set to return to Wicker Park on June 23 & 24 for a 2012 edition of the two-day street festival. Dinosaur Jr. will headline the first night and The Raveonettes will take the second. Admission to GMF is a suggested donation of $5.

Much like the 2011 festival, each headliner will play Subterranean over the course of the weekend. J Mascis and co. play the venue on Friday, June 22 and The Ravonettes headline there on the 23rd. Tickets for both shows go on sale this Saturday (March 10), at 10AM CST.

Stay tuned for more festival details.